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Are driving limits used to stop driver-fatigue truck accidents?

Truckers spend a lot of time on the roadways. When you stop to think about it, driving a big rig is exhausting work. The drivers have to keep control of the vehicle. They have to ensure they are following the rules of the road. They have to pay attention to everything going on around them. Because trucker fatigue is such a big problem, federal regulations limit the amount of time truckers can work. Knowing these regulations might help Texas residents who were involved in a truck accident.

Are there daily restrictions for truck drivers?

There are daily restrictions for truck drivers to help prevent driver fatigue. Truckers can only drive up to 11 hours per day; however, there are some instances in which the daily limit might be lower than that. Some commercial drivers who are operating commercial passenger vehicles like a bus have a lower daily time limit. In addition to the driving limit, the trucker can only work 14 hours per day, which includes time loading and unloading a truck and breaks. Within the first 8 hours of driving, the trucker is required to take a break of at least 30 minutes.

Are there weekly limits for truck drivers?

There are weekly limits for truck drivers. When it comes to the weekly limit, the trucker's limitations are meant to be on a rolling basis, not a preset week basis. The number of days in the week are either seven or eight depending on the company's days of operation. A company that operates every day of the week is allotted 70 hours of work time per driver, but a company that doesn't operate seven days of the week is allotted 60 hours per week of work time per driver.

Of course, there are some exceptions to the rules. If you have been involved in a trucking accident, working with someone who is familiar with the trucking regulations and the caveats of these regulations might help you decide how you should proceed with claims for compensation.

Source: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, "Interstate Truck Driver’s Guide to Hours of Service" Nov. 07, 2014

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